Category Archives: friends

Looking Back

    THIS WEEK:  At some point in your past, was there a year – or a significant period of time – that you consider your “favorite” time (or, at least, one of your favorites)? What was going on? I put … Continue reading

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“Picture” This

“Do you dream often? Do you remember your dreams?” I dream all the time. I used to remember my convoluted dreams in detail and relate them to the long-suffering Husband, who would shake his head. (He almost never remembers his dreams … Continue reading

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Stronger Than Dirt

“What are some challenges you’ve encountered that you were unsure you could handle but then surprised yourself?” Where do I start??? It seems that every time I have thought, “I don’t know how that person did that/does that, I could … Continue reading

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Easy As Pie

I wanted to talk about apologies. Do you have trouble making apologies?Had you ever had people around you who would not, or could not, apologize? I have had people in my life who found it very hard to apologize. They … Continue reading

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Guest Author: Jessica Marie Holt and Reluctantly Yours

Author events, whether in-person or online, require a lot of work, but one of the most valuable rewards is the opportunity to meet other authors with fascinating premises for their books. One of the authors participating in a Christmas event … Continue reading

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Something New

I have always had to learn something new. I’ve read all of my life, or insisted on being read-to, and learned all the time through that medium. When I was 4, we moved from an apartment building on one side … Continue reading

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‘Patiently’ Reading

When trying to come up with ideas for topics, this one popped into my mind:What would you read to an adult friend who was ill? I don’t believe any one book or story popped into my mind at the time. … Continue reading

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It Takes a Village of Writers

… to create a book. This week, I asked my fellow bloggers, “How many people read your books before you submit them? What kind of feedback do you ask for?” Normally, I ask at least two other people to “beta … Continue reading

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Short Affirmation

We had covered our favorite books from our childhoods in several posts. We will be discussing books to which we have been introduced by our kid children and grandchildren soon, because when I thought of the topic, my colleagues here … Continue reading

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Not Written in Stone

“Has anything about your writing routine changed since you first began?” Oh, gosh, yes. When I decided that I was going to seriously get into writing, it was mostly non-fiction. Just getting my thoughts, research, and facts in order was … Continue reading

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